Greatest NCAA tournament runs

How does Kentucky's streak stack up to past teams?

Updated: April 6, 2014, 7:15 PM ET
By John Gasaway | ESPN Insider

Kentucky WildcatsMatthew Emmons/USA TODAY SportsThe Kentucky Wildcats have taken on all comers in the tourney and beat them all.

With each passing victory and every Aaron Harrison game winner, Kentucky is putting together a tournament run that will rank among the most thrilling, unusual and improbable ever recorded. And UConn isn't far behind on that score either.

In theory, what UK has done is a little more striking than the run put together by the Huskies, because John Calipari's team is a No. 8 seed and Kevin Ollie's men were put on the No. 7 line. But by one measure it's Connecticut that has really made the history here. Since the NCAA went to the 64-team format in 1985, we've never seen a No. 7 seed play in the national championship game. Congratulations to the Huskies for ending that 29-year streak.

Kentucky on the other hand at least has some company in historical terms as a No. 8 seed in the title game. Butler made it there as a No. 8 seed in 2011 only to be trounced by Connecticut. (Anything's possible, but a repeat of that performance seems unlikely. If there's one thing we've learned about UK in this tournament, it's that this team likes to play close games.) And Villanova was on the No. 8 line in 1985 when the Wildcats won it all. To this day, Rollie Massimino's team remains the lowest seed ever to cut down the nets.

Can we put UK's tournament run in the same category as that Villanova team's as one of the most remarkable ever made by a low seed?